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November 1, Many voters are feeling disenfranchised by the Two Big Old parties and are looking for alternatives. This is a side-by-side comparison of our two parties by the issues. Libertarian Party or Independence Party: However, an extensive investigation of the issues reveals some significant differences.
The IP has frequently been criticized for failing to assert what it stands for. As will be demonstrated, we believe those critics to be correct.
This article is not intended to misrepresent the Independence Party. In the event of errors, we may be contacted at info lpmn. After a factional dispute between Jesse Ventura, a libertarian-leaning liberal, and Pat Buchanan, an authoritarian-leaning conservative, the Independence Party split from the Reform Party and has had no national affiliation since.
The Reform Party survives in only five states excluding Minnesota and claims 2 elected officials nationwide. At its high-water mark, the Independence Party of Minnesota held the Governor post, had an appointed US Senator, and claimed two officials in the state legislature.
The IP has 2 known locally elected officials today. Shortly thereafter, state affiliates formed across the country, including the Libertarian Party of Minnesota in At the time, the LP was the first alternative party to become organized at the national level in several decades.
A high-water mark for the Libertarian Party was in with the election of several state legislators in three states Alaska, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
But after those initial victories, the Democrats and Republicans enacted new restrictions in those and other states to increase the difficulty for alternative party candidates to get onto the ballot and to become elected. Nonetheless, the LP is now the largest alternative party in the nation, and by several measures: Inthe Libertarian Party of Minnesota became one of five recognized parties in Minnesota, and ingained 2 elected officials.
On the four-quadrant political spectrum, the LP is libertarian. Finally, while both the LPMN and National LP have been seeing momentum, people around the world are increasingly voicing a hunger to live free.
The libertarian movement is now experiencing rapid growth internationally.
These are increasingly exciting times to be a Libertarian! Not all issues are represented, just several which have been in the headlines in recent years. Stances in green reflect what we believe to be pro-liberty positions.
As an aside, we frequently get trolled by Republicans who seem to believe that Libertarians can be swayed into supporting their candidates. But this analysis shows that Libertarians often do not agree with Republicans, and on a majority of issues.
However, those stances were delivered in a considerably different manner. After some deliberation, the IP adopted its stance over a month lateronce it was clear that public opinion was beginning to move in that direction.
End Marijuana Prohibition In a very recent stance, the IP has issued a position calling for an end to marijuana prohibition. Similarly, every Libertarian candidate has also called for an end to the ban on marijuana, and our candidates have done so since the party was founded. The LPMN itself has not taken a specific stance on this issue, because we view it as one component of a much larger issue, which is … End the War on Drugs Libertarians have stood in opposition to the War on Drugs since inception of the party.
For many years, we were a lone voice in calling for this. We view the recent trend toward legalizing marijuana as evidence that our steadfast stance is gaining traction with the public. More recently, we published an extensive report detailing the many reasons the War on Drugs must end.
As far back asLibertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne put this issue in front of the public with his TV commercial End the War on Drugs.The Republican Party does have a significant libertarian component, and many libertarians vote Republican.
However, the Republican Party is libertarian only in economics (and then only nominally, given their frequent support of crony capitalism, though many Republicans are genuinely economically conservative). US Elections ~ Illinois Directory of Illinois elections.
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They were unsuccessful and, after first liberalizing the prohibitions, Henry VIII's government repealed them in Stephan Kinsella is a practicing patent attorney, a libertarian writer and speaker, Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF), and Founding and Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers..
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